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  1. Isn't it going to be the same height as the existing tower (and look pretty similar architecturally)? At least that's what the rendering in this article from February suggests: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/02/13/ohio-state-sees-development-opportunities-opening.html
  2. From what I understand the High Street bridge isn't currently funded, only the Front Street bridge is. The project with the Front Street bridge (4R) is slated to go to bid next year and will also build the new exit to Fulton St from 70 EB and 71 NB. The High Street bridge has been broken out into its own project (4H). Third and Fourth would be under another project (4B). The city, ODOT, and MORPC are currently going after a $40 million federal INFRA grant to fund and build all three of those phases at once - http://www.morpc.org/columbuscrossroads/ An interesting tidbit regarding the caps --
  3. Not sure, been wondering that myself! I wonder if there was an issue with removing the existing sidewalk in front of that building; there could be a basement beneath the sidewalk there that needed to be closed off. You have to send an email to mjustis@murphyepson.com to be added, see this page: https://www.columbus.gov/Templates/Detail.aspx?id=2147495133
  4. Last week's High St Streetscape update included this: They're still working to remove the old poles, so the remaining plantings are probably still a few weeks out.
  5. I don't think anything has been announced. Pizzuti recently bought the property and announced in February that they would be demolishing what was on the site but did not announce its plans for redevelopment at that time. https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/02/19/pizzuti-confirms-franklinton-land-buy.html
  6. The city's High St streetscape email update had this note last week, so it is probably for the building project:
  7. Unfortunately I don't think there's any room to widen the sidewalk there. High St is already only 50' wide (five 10' lanes). Most of the gains in sidewalk width in the Short North are where there was the extra northbound lane or where lanes were wider than 10'. From what I recall the city was going to narrow the parking lane as well in the Short North but COTA asked they keep it at 10' for their bus stops.
  8. There are renderings of the final streetscape up to 9th Ave on this page on the city's website (Phase 3 and 4 renderings under the January 23, 2019 public meeting): https://www.columbus.gov/Templates/Detail.aspx?id=2147501680 I don't think sidewalks north of 5th Ave are getting widened at all (other than bumpouts at intersections), the roadway is already pretty narrow there.
  9. No, empty conduit was installed at the beginning of the project to carry the overhead wires. It's possible they still need to run the remaining overhead wiring through the empty conduit, or its possible new wiring has already been run and the existing just needs to be removed. The only digging up left will be removing the remaining old overhead utility poles and replacing the (temporary) concrete that was poured around them.
  10. The city awarded the construction contract to Complete General Construction in July for the streetscape work in front of the building. They also awarded the contract for the work in front of 80 on the Commons to Complete General at the same time. They might have been waiting to get them both built together. (source: City of Columbus Public Service Upcoming Contracts)
  11. The site plan on the retail leasing site shows Spectrum has leased the space at the corner of 7th and High.
  12. The convention facilities authority has secured air rights from the city for above the road. The building will be built over the road, just a like a bridge. I imagine they'll have columns on either side of the road to support the building.
  13. That was the reason for the delay, but the Dispatch reported last week that work has been approved to move forward. Relevant bit from that article:
  14. There's the urban commercial overlay which would apply here. But they can always apply for variances...somehow the rebuild of the Brewery District McDonald's got through, after all.
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